Medical Ultrasound (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)
12 months (PgDip), 18 months (MSc) (full-time) / 12 months (PgCert), 24 months (PgDip), 36 months (MSc) (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
The primary aim of this programme is to enable practitioners to formalise and develop their understanding of the relevant ultrasound principles in their respective medical fields and related subjects, develop their analytical, problem-solving and critical thinking skills to enable them to apply this knowledge and deliver a high quality service to their patients. In addition, the course stimulates students to undertake research and evidence-based practice, which enhances clinical effectiveness.
The programme is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) and is designed to produce clinically competent sonographers in the relevant fields with sound knowledge and comprehension of the academic basis of ultrasound - hence to integrate academic and clinical education. The clinical education component consists of the student undertaking ultrasound scans in an approved clinical department supervised by experienced named trainer(s) who must be approved by the course faculty. Students will be expected to document the skills acquired in their log books to demonstrate attainment of the learning outcomes.
- The programme is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) and is designed to produce clinically competent sonographers in general abdominal ultrasound with sound knowledge and comprehension of the academic basis of ultrasound
- This course can be tailored to suit your clinical interests, including choice of MSc project.
- Studying whilst training or working in an approved centre with adequate support and supervision. Access to clinical ultrasound sessions is a compulsory component of the course and students whether home or international will need to secure them beforehand.
- UK/EU students should discuss the suitability of their proposed ultrasound training centre, usually a clinical department in their local health establishment, with the course director ahead of application and confirm before commencing the course. International students studying in the UK will need to identify a training centre where module-specific ultrasound skills and competencies are attained.
- The suitability and location of the training centre should be discussed with course director before commencing the course.
- Access to clinical ultrasound training sessions for international students will attract tuition fees which are separate from the University tuition fees between October and June of the academic year (9 months). Fees are shown below. Students will also need to fulfil certain requirements in the local hospital before commencing the practical training. The course staff or Director can recommend to international students a trainer in an approved training centre if necessary. Training centres overseas are discussed on a case-by-case basis.
- Attendance at two blocks for lectures, tutorials and practical tuition and one day for formative assessment.
- Additional learning resources are made available to our students in the form of web-based interactive lectures and formative assessments on Cardiff University “Learning Central” website. Students will also be able to receive feedback from course tutors on their acquired ultrasound images sent digitally on the course’s appropriate forms.
Students will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. Through the programme, the students will acquire knowledge and develop practical skills, image interpretation proficiency and the communication skills transferable to the clinical setting; a thorough grounding in the foundation science encompassing theoretical and safety components of ultrasound technology as well as recognition and understanding of the origins of image artefacts and their implications in medical diagnosis. Students will also be able to evaluate how the professional practice issues affect clinical care with the ability to synthesise theoretical perspectives to inform practice. Additionally, workplace skills will be acquired that relate to delivery of high professional standards and good communication skills with colleagues and other professionals, effective communication skills and empathy with patients and relatives and efficient organisational skills.
The programme accepts health professionals who are either already working, or intend to work, in the fields of obstetric and/or gynaecological or general medical ultrasound. The academic component includes the study of core modules: current applications of ultrasound and imaging modalities in obstetrics and gynaecology, the underlying scientific principles, safety, and equipment design, as well as a choice from any of the following;
- Research, statistics and evidence-based medicine;
- Team working and inter professional practice;
- legal aspects of care, and
- Management issues in ultrasound practice.
There are two phases leading to the full MSc degree, a taught phase (one year full-time, two years part-time - 120 credits) and an MSc project - dissertation phase (Six months full-time and one year part-time - 60 credits). Student must successfully complete the taught phase before progressing to the dissertation phase. Students proceeding to an MSc degree are required to study the research module. The dissertation phase consists of successful completion of a taught diploma and a 20,000 word research project, the subject of which must be relevant to ultrasound in the student’s chosen route.
This is a modular programme. This course is delivered off-site with some lectures taking place on-site. Students can submit work online and acquire relevant ultrasound skills in their own work environment. All learning material is available on Learning Central. The first block of teaching is in September/October, the second block of teaching in February and end of year exams are in July. Block dates for 2015-16:
- 28,29 September Foundation Science (All New students)
- 30 September, 1,2 October Level 1 Obstetrics & Gynaecology
- 5 – 6 October Medical Ultrasound
- 12 – 13 October Level 2 Gynaecology Ultrasound
- 13 – 14 October Level 2 Obstetric Ultrasound
- 15 – 16 October Fetal Echocardiography
- 22 – 23 October MSK Ultrasound
- 9 - 17 February 2015 (Block 2 schedule to be confirmed)
- One day attendance for formative assessment in May
- Exam period 4 – 15 July 2016 (Schedule will be confirmed before exams)
MET888 – Foundation Science:
The aim of this module is to give students a background knowledge and understanding of the physics of ultrasound as applied to medicine and the associated machine related skills. (20 M credits)
MET882 – Practice of General Abdominal Ultrasound:
This module aims to integrate the student’s knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and pathology with general abdominal ultrasound. Students will develop image recognition and interpretation skills of normal and abnormal general abdominal ultrasound findings so that they are able to evaluate critically the value of ultrasound investigation together with other imaging modalities and clinical investigations, suggest differential diagnoses, and/or produce a written report. The academic content of this module will assist the student to complete successfully, the general abdominal practical assessments. (20 M credits)
MET883 – Practice of Uro-genital Ultrasound:
This modules aims to integrate the student’s knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and pathology with uro-genital ultrasound. Students will develop image recognition and interpretation skills of normal and abnormal uro-genital ultrasound findings so that they are able to evaluate critically the value of ultrasound investigation together with other imaging modalities and clinical investigations, suggest differential diagnoses, and/or produce a written report. The academic content of this module will assist the student to complete successfully, the uro-genital practical assessments. (20 M credits)
MET884 – Musculo-skeletal Ultrasound:
This module aims to integrate the student’s knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and pathology with Musculo-skeletal ultrasound. Students will develop image recognition and interpretation skills of normal and abnormal musculo-skeletal ultrasound findings so that they are able to evaluate critically the value of ultrasound investigation together with other imaging modalities and clinical investigations, suggest differential diagnoses, and/or produce a written report. The academic content of this module will assist the student to complete successfully, the musculo-skeletal practical assessments. (20 M credits)
MET880 – Practice of Level 1 Obstetric Ultrasound:
The aim of this module is to develop the student’s knowledge of ultrasound examination into both normal and abnormal conditions in obstetrics. Students will be able to recognise normal and abnormal early pregnancy features, normal foetal anatomy, and identify ultrasound features of compromised foetal growth. The skills acquired will be comparable with Level 1 scanning and its successful completion will be a pre-requisite for students who wish to undertake the Advanced Obstetric Ultrasound module. (20 M credits)
MET881 – Practice of Level 1 Gynaecological Ultrasound:
The aim of this module is to build on the student’s knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and pathology and integrate it with Level 1 gynaecological ultrasound skills. The academic content of this module will assist the student to complete successfully the general gynaecological practical assessments. Students must complete this module successfully to be able to proceed to the Advanced Gynaecological Ultrasound module. (20 M credits)
MET886 – Practice of Level 2 Obstetric Ultrasound:
The aim of this module is to build on the core obstetric ultrasound skills that were achieved in the “Practice of Obstetric Ultrasound” module and to further develop them to Level 2 scanning. Students will be able to develop advanced skills in a number of areas, notably abnormal foetal development using 2D scanning, Clinical applications of Doppler, and 3D/4D imaging in obstetrics. (20 M Credits)
MET887 – Practice of Level 2 Gynaecological Ultrasound:
The aim of this module is to build on the core gynaecological ultrasound skills that were achieved in the “Practice of Gynaecological Ultrasound” module and to further develop them to Level 2 scanning. Students will be able to develop advanced skills in a number of areas such as assessment of adnexal masses, Gynaecological applications of Doppler and 3D/4D imaging. (20 M credits)
MET885 – Practice of Fetal Echocardiography:
The aim of this module is to develop the student’s knowledge of ultrasound examination of both normal and abnormal cardiac conditions in fetal echocardiography. Students will be enabled to recognise cardiac anatomy and pathology as demonstrable by ultrasound, and interpret correctly ultrasound-produced images.
MET 889 – Team Working and Inter professional Practice:
This module aims to provide the student with the opportunity to investigate and evaluate team work and inter professional practice within a health care environment, in relation to diagnostic ultrasound. (20 M Credits)
MET890 – Legal Aspects of Care:
This module aims to provide the student with the opportunity to investigate and evaluate Legal aspects of care within a health care environment, in relation to diagnostic ultrasound. (20 M Credits)
MET891 – Management Issues in Ultrasound Practice:
This module aims to provide the student with the opportunity to investigate and evaluate management issues within a health care environment, in relation to diagnostic ultrasound.
MET 892 - Research, Statistics and Evidence Based Medicine:
This module aims to provide the students with increased knowledge of the research process, evidence based practice and statistics, to enable them to critically evaluate, synthesise and reflect on research evidence, to practice. (20 M Credits)
Please note: all modules are also available for stand-alone study.
Students who are radiography graduates qualifying with a diploma or MSc will be able to register with the Health Professions Council (HPC) if not already registered. Medical graduates who are not already registered with the General Medical Council are able to register with the public voluntary register of sonographers and practice as sonographers in the NHS or other private institutions. The qualification opens the avenue for employment as a sonographer in their respective field.
'Cardiff University is the best place to study this course. Everything was very well organised and delivered by highly qualified professionals.'
Sanjit Yadav, Medical Ultrasound, dissertation phase
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'I found Cardiff University is the best place to study this course. Everything was very well organised and delivered by highly qualified professionals. One of the best things is the simulator, a virtual scan trainer which equates to the real patient experience. Even though I already had ample experience of ultrasonography, after joining this course at Cardiff University, I learned to scan in a systematic way and realised how important this is for identifying all pathology.
"I have developed and increased confidence in my ability to scan. Everyone on the course team from administrators to the academic staff are very helpful, cooperative and always there to help us. I would recommend this course to anyone who wishes to develop further a career in ultrasound to an international standard. This course has helped me to open further doors in the field of ultrasound.'
Candidates will normally be health professionals who hold a relevant primary degree or Diploma and intend to further their career in medical ultrasound. Examples of the health professionals may include radiographers, sonographers, radiologists and specialty trainees with interest in medical ultrasound.
Applicants would normally be expected to have worked for at least 2 years full-time in their relevant profession or specialty after their pre-registration qualification.
Applicants should expand on relevant clinical and ultrasound/imaging experience in their Personal Statement.
The University requires postgraduate students whose first language is NOT English to have attained one of the following within the last two years:
- An overall score of 6.5 in the British Council IELTS test, with a minimum score of 5.5 in the written module;
- A GCE or GCSE in English Language at Grade C or above
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
Clinical Ultrasound Training Fees
Clinical ultrasound training fees facilitated by Cardiff and Vale UHB are £850 per module per month for 2016/17 academic year. Other students make financial arrangements in their own clinical settings.
Please see the Medical Ultrasound course website for more details.
Tuition Fees 2016/17
Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.
|UK & EU||International|
Per 20 credit module: £1,292
Per 20 credit module: £3,042
|Deposit||Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.||Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.|
|Notes||Additional dissertation fee (post PgDip): £1,098*||Additional dissertation fee (post PgDip): £2,243*|
*Dissertation fees listed are the fees payable by students starting their course in this year when they get to the dissertation stage (subject to inflation).
Next intake: October each year
Name: Mrs Gaynor Looker
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Name: Prof Nazar N Amso
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